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There's no single answer to the question of how to start writing a novel. Different "on ramps" work for different people, and what works in one case doesn't work in another, but here are three possibilities which may work. A loose outline Writing an outline first can work - and it's standard advice. I find there's a trap to it, though. It's usually ...


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If you want to write, you should never stop writing altogether, especially through the fear of failure. As J.K Rowling was turned down many times before she published Harry Potter. I'm new to this site, and I'm also an aspiring author. I also struggle with facing failure too. So the advice I have had is that nobody has to see your book ideas or story ideas ...


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Some great questions! I know right where you are coming from. Writing a full novel can be very daunting. There are a lot of possible answers to your questions because, unfortunately, there is not one right way to start a book. John Irving has been known to skip to the end of his book and write the last sentence before beginning a novel just so that he can ...


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My suggestions are: The fear of being a failure isn't your enemy. It is your friend. It prevents you from sending the first thing you wrote after some glasses of whiskey to agents and to burn your name forever. This feeling won't go away. I'm a published writer and journalist and I still feel like a failure most of the time. Writing is hard. Writing is a ...


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One note of encouragement: First drafts suck. This is practically an iron law of writing fiction. Don't worry if, after you sit down and write something out and then re-read it, the thing doesn't hang together. First drafts never do. Being a writer is about being a re-writer and editor; first just get your ideas down and then go back over and fix them. ...



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